Kosuke Hamada-san represents Sakai at the Wellington Marathon

Kosuke Hamada-san is the second runner to represent Sakai at the at the Wellington Marathon, came sixth and he did a great job promoting our sister city as well as the 泉州国際市民マラソン (Senshu International City Marathon).  

Congratulations also to Dan Lowry, the fastest Wellingtonian male runner who will travel to Sakai, Japan in February 2018 as a Wellington ambassador to run in the Senshu Marathon.

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WIN! in season double passes to Japanese drama 'AN'

WIN! One of five in season double passes to a special screening of the beautiful and delicate Japanese drama ‘AN’ which will open in NZ cinemas on March 17. Rated M. 🌸

Directed by Naomi Kawase ‘AN’ tells the story of two souls who unite in order to face life’s obstacles. View the trailer here: http://curiousdistribution.com/coming-soon/an.aspx
To win simply email committee@wellingtonsakai.org with your name, number and answer the question "Name the 2013 Japanese film featuring Sakai-born tea master Sen-no-Rikyu?" 

Good luck!👍🏼

BGT Actors, Models & Talent Casting Enquiry

We just received this casting call email looking for Japanese people to play cops and Japanese teenagers:


My name is Stacey Pomeroy, I work for BGT Actors, Models & Talent casting agency and myself and my colleague Danielle Cole are currently casting for Japanese/Asian/Pan-Asian people to be part of a feature film shooting from February through to May 2016 in Wellington.
We are looking for;

-Cops-General Background
Male, Ethnicity open, (Asian, Pan-Asian especially welcome) Average height and athletic build 5'8-6'-no really short, tall, big or small please! Physically coordinated, military or police training a  bonus! 20-45yrs.
Shoot dates:
1-2 days around the 15th, 16th February in Wellington at Stone St. Could be further days down the line, but this is TBC
Rates:  $200.00 GROSS per day (11.25hr + 45mins unpaid lunch). ATR @ T2 applies after 12hrs.

-Japanese (particularly male), Pan-Asian and Other Ethnicities of varying ages (18 +) Shoot dates:
On going Feb-May 2016

-Japanese Teenagers
Shoot dates:
TBC, possibly around beginning of March, but maybe later This role may well be a Cast role, or F/Extra role with fees to reflect this.

-Anyone (excluding children) who have a shaved head or are bald or are prepared to be:
Any age, gender, ethnicity for shoot dates in May

Please contact: danielle@bgt.nz with a phone number, email address and a recent, clear headshot.